ENGLAND: Devon – Connaught Gardens Sidmouth

Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RZ

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Connaught Gardens
Photographs top two Eleanor Hurlock; bottom left Carl Beckett

The Collection

Connaught Gardens is a cliff top garden to the west of the seafront in Sidmouth. The gardens have achieved a green flag award and are the jewel of the park areas in the town. The gardens are on the site of Seaview House, demolished in 1932 as it had fallen into disrepair. Where the cactus house now sits had previously been used for growing soft fruit. The greenhouse was converted to a cactus house 25 years ago, with sliding glass panels installed to protect the public from the spines. There are a number of species of Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Echinocereus and Parodia and while the collection is not extensive there are some large specimens.

There are extensive bedding schemes to admire as you walk through the different parts of the gardens, and there is a café where you can enjoy coffee and cake with a sea view.

The gardens are used extensively for a range of activities including music, theatre and art exhibitions. During most weeks throughout the summer there is at least one band performing. A notice board by the steps from Manor Road lists all events.

Nearest BCSS Branch

Exeter: www.exeter.bcss.org.uk

Meetings are held in Exeter. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme.

A Member’s View

A small collection worthy of a visit if you are in Sidmouth. The gardens are an important attraction in the town.

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